Galway Bay fm newsroom – Discussions will take place with Apple to urge the company to consider selling the site of a planned data centre in Athenry to another company.
That’s according to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar following the announcement that Apple is abandoning plans for the multi-million euro project.
The data centre – which was set to create hundreds of jobs – has faced lengthy legal efforts in the Supreme Court to block it on environmental grounds.
The tech giant says delays in the approval process have forced it to make other plans.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says all possibilities for the site will now be looked at – but also said it’s too easy to undertake a Judicial Review in this country.
Minister for Business Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys says Apple’s decision is disappointing but other opportunities are now being sought.
European Commission confirms daily fines against the State in relation to the Derrybrien windfarm will cease
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The European Commission has confirmed that daily fines being applied against the State in relation to the Derrybrien windfarm in South Galway will cease.
The State has reached agreement with the European Commission to cease fines of 15 thousand euro a day relating to the ESB-owned wind farm
The sanctions were imposed as a result of Ireland’s failure to ensure environmental standards were upheld at the facility on the Slieve Aughty mountains.
The State has, over the years, paid more than €17 million to the commission, due to the breaches.
The final sum due to be paid is €1,245,000.
Operations at Derrybrien ended this time last year, after An Bord Pleanála refused an application for substitute consent at the site.
This meant the project was considered an unauthorised development.
The company subsequently announced that it would decommission the site.
In a statement to Galway Bay fm news the Dept of Housing says the exact details in relation to decommissioning and site restoration are a matter for Galway County Council and the owner
Galway’s CONNOLLY favourite for Ireland’s Eurovision song choice with decision due tonight
Galway Bay fm newsroom – 19 year old Connemara artist CONNOLLY is the favourite heading into tonight’s Late Late show vote for Eurovision song.
Six songs are taking part in the Eurosong vote on RTÉ One from 9:35PM, all vying to become Ireland’s entry for the 2023 competition being held in Liverpool this May.
The latest betting odds are placing Lettermullen singer, Jennifer Connolly and her song Midnight Summer Night 11/8 favourite ahead of Wild Youth on 5/2.
The winner will be chosen after the public vote is added to the scores from both a national jury and an international jury.
Jennifer told Galway Bay FM’s breakfast show Mollie in the Morning how she came to be among the six acts:
Senator claims barriers to Galway Ring Road will cause huge implications for other infrastructure projects
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local senator Ollie Crowe is claiming that the barriers facing the Galway Ring Road will result in huge implications for other infrastructure projects.
It’s as An Bord Pleanala is to reconsider an application for the Galway Ring Road, after permission was quashed on environmental grounds.
The Fianna Fáil Senator is slamming the current road network in Galway as “not fit for purpose” and says the ring road is a “substantial piece of the jigsaw” to fix that.
Senator Crowe outlines how he believes the Climate Action Plan will cause more problems down the line: